Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course focuses on some key thinkers and texts, particularly in the realm of social thought, social science and modernist ideology at this critical period in the formation of modern thought: the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will be reading both primary writings by American thinkers and a selective sample of important scholarly literature on American thought and culture during this period. Topics covered will include modernism and antimodernism; post-Darwinian thought, pragmatism, feminism, Progressivism, pluralism, race and immigration, the rise of social science.
Possible Texts include: Daniel Borus, Twentieth-Century Multiplicity; Jackson Lears, No Place of Grace; Dorothy Ross, Origins of American Social Science; John Higham, Strangers in the Land; Rosalind Rosenberg, Beyond Separate Spheres; and primary texts, including The Education of Henry Adams; Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House; W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk; William James, Pragmatism and The Varieties of Religious Experience; Thorstein Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
class attendance and participation; one book review (3-5 pp.); one term research paper (15-20 pp.)